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In SDNY Judge Sullivan Chides US Attorney For 10 Year Deal For Robinson Imposing 6 More Months

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 10 – Tyquan Robinson pled guilty to a firearms charge as part of a Brooklyn-based narcotics conspiracy, but his drug charge disappeared in the plea bargain.

  In August 2019 sitting as a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge by designation, Circuit Judge Richard J. Sullivan questioned the US Attorney's having dropped the drug charge.

   Robinson's August sentencing was postponed; he was put on notice that Judge Sullivan might sentence him above the ten years agreed to. Inner City Press story here.

    On January 10 the sentencing resumed. Judge Sullivan asked if there would be forfeiture and Assistant US Attorney Matthew Hellman conceded there is no forfeiture on the gun charge. Judge Sullivan replied wryly that was another downside of the plea bargain.

   Turning to Robinson and his family members in the gallery along with Inner City Press, Sullivan said that shooting a gun in support of a crack conspiracy is a serious crime. He said he had been considering a 15 year sentence, then 12 years after he saw the sentencing re-submissions.

    With that set-up, Judge Sullivan imposed a sentence of 10 1/2 years, six months over the plea agreement. He told Robinson for that reason he could appeal to the Second Circuit. The case is US v. Robinson, 18-cr-373 (Sullivan). 


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